Pumpkin Math!

57, 58, 59… 360!

Second graders counted hundreds of seeds as part of Pumpkin Math, a favorite fall experience at Meadow Pond Elementary School. Their quest? To determine if a pumpkin's size impacts the number and size of its seeds.

“Pumpkin Math supports students’ math and science skills,” said Meaghan Knapp, one of the second-grade teachers. “They create a hypothesis, observe and collect data, and determine their conclusion through analysis.”

The weather was perfect for the outdoor investigation.

Working in small groups with a parent volunteer, the students measured and weighed their pumpkin, counted creases and number of seeds and placed it in a tub of water to see if it would sink or float.

The final fun step was to carve the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. They’d be on display at the MPES Halloween Spooktacular the following evening. 🎃